Well, this is great news. We were already pretty pumped about the upcoming sequel to 2009’s STAR TREK, but Namco Bandai has just announced a video game that will bridge the gap between the 2009 and 2013 films. Here’s the story from Tecca:

The idea of a video game based on the classic sci-fi series Star Trek is nothing new; In fact, they’ve been produced since the early 1970s. What makes the new Star Trek game from Namco Bandai — due on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC in early 2013 — different is its third-person shooter gameplay and, as we saw during a theater presentation at E3 2012, its two-player cooperative aspect.

Away team
In this game based on director J.J. Abrams’ 2009 cinematic reboot of the franchise, you’ll have the chance to play as U.S.S. Enterprise captain James T. Kirk and his first officer, Mr. Spock. The deadpan Vulcan joins in when you play the game with a friend, and assists Kirk in unique ways, such as scanning for enemies through walls with his Tricorder and using the device to determine the weak points on alien foes.

In the demo we saw, Spock relies on taking down enemies using moves like his Vulcan nerve pinch and can reveal details about the story by mind melding with other characters. Kirk, on the other hand, is every bit the gung-ho, phasers-blazing type seen in the film. The interactions between the two characters in the game really echo their rapport in the movie, too, with Spock serving as the deadpan foil to Kirk’s wisecracking. This is helped by the fact that Kirk and Spock are voiced by Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto from the films, respectively, with the rest of the core movie cast reprising their roles as well.

Strange new worlds
The E3 demonstration of Star Trek unfolded on New Vulcan, home to the fledgling Vulcan race following the destruction of their home world in the 2009 film. The Enterprise is sent to investigate a loss of contact with the colony, beaming Kirk and his first officer down to see what’s become of the settlers.

It wasn’t long before we found out they’d been attacked by the Gorn — lizard-like aliens first seen in the first season of the original Star Trek series in 1966. Far more fierce and animalistic than their TV counterparts, these beasts put up an intense fight against the two Starfleet officers, forcing Kirk and Spock to make ample use of cover and tactics such as diving behind pillars to avoid charging Gorn. More than once, the developers controlling Kirk and Spock had to come to each others aid, whether it was shooting a Gorn to free their comrade, or grabbing them before they plunged to their death.

Set phasers to stun
Not only does the game capture the look of the film and its 2013 sequel extremely well — the story’s supposed to fill in the gap between the movies, too — but it also manages to sound just like them. From the music to the sounds of the transporter, communicators, and weapons, the game’s audio is already one of its stand out qualities.

Beam us up
So far, we’re impressed by the sheer Star Trek-ness of it all, from the sights and sounds to the interactions between beloved characters, like Kirk’s banter with Scotty over his communicator during the mission — complete with pleas to beam Spock and himself up as the Gorn utterly overwhelm them. The demo ended with Kirk directing the Enterprise to launch photon torpedoes at their foes from orbit, resulting in a fittingly explosive end for what had been a surprisingly thrilling presentation. We’re looking forward to seeing more of Star Trek as its spring 2013 release draws closer.

Naturally, while we wait yet another seemingly-endless span of months for this to come out, we’ve got a couple things for fans of the franchise to enjoy. Check out our Star Trek section for some awesome figures from the shows and the film!

Star Trek Salt Vampire Figure + Zachary Quinto News

Also known as the M-113 Creature, the salt vampire was one of the creepiest creatures ever encountered by the crew of the original Enterprise. Though its salivorous species was known to be highly intelligent an quite calculating, the isolated individual first encountered by Kirk and Spock brought only madness and chaos with it and had to be killed by a sharp-shooting McCoy. As the universe of Star Trek expanded, though, we came to see more and more examples of its race and learn more–though they never became any less unnerving in appearance. Really, with looks like those, it was no wonder they needed employ telepathy to draw their victims in. But now, from Diamond Select and Art Asylum, you can get a creepy salt-sucker of your very own! Just check out our Star Trek: The Original Series section.

Meanwhile, if you have a preference for any of the other incarnations of Star Trek, be sure to take a look at our Complete Star Trek Collection, too.

But of course, going from Trek to Trek begs the question: what’s next? Well, while the upcoming Star Trek online is sure to keep fans busy, it’s going to be another 2 long years before we’re lucky enough to have a sequel to 2009’s incredible Star Trek revamp. Read on for info from Zachary Quinto (Spock) about the official work on Trek.

Reelz Channel reports…

In a recent interview with Wired magazine, Zachary Quinto gave Trek fans nightmares when he announced he was taking a two-year break from Star Trek.

I’m stepping away from Star Trek for at least two years — no movies, no conventions, no anything for a while. I want to invite [my fans] along with me on my journey, which is going to take them out of their comfort zone and into other areas and other styles of storytelling.

Quinto’s “stepping away” has led to confusion and speculation amongst his fans, so Quinto tried to ease their worries over whether he would return as Spock in an announcement on his website.

i have been inundated with questions and confusion about a comment i made during an interview with wired — about the new atari Star Trek online game — in which i said i am stepping away from Trek for the next two years. obviously i will be a part of any upcoming films… reprising my role as spock. what i meant was that in the meantime i won’t be making any public appearances related to the franchise – or doing any more auxiliary projects pertaining to the trek universe. i will be focusing my efforts on other projects and preparing to shoot the next film — which will be released in june of 2012… two years from now. hence the no Trek for two years remark. worry not trekkers. it was a misunderstanding of context. i am not spock. but i am spock. all at the same time.

As for Quinto’s next project, Deadline Hollywood reports the actor is set to appear as composer George Gershwin in a biopic that could be the next directorial project for Steven Spielberg. Doug Wright (Quills) wrote the script, which is one of three projects Spielberg is considering. Quinto is already working with an accent coach for a possible April shooting start.

New Star Trek Figures and ONTD_Startrek!

Those are the action figures from this year’s incredible Star Trek quasi-reboot movie. All of the castmates can be found here, from Spock Prime to Zachary Quinto’s new take on the Vulcan, from Sulu to Uhura and, of course, Captain James T. Kirk, as portrayed by Chris Pine. They’re perfect companions to the other Star Trek items we’ve got in-stock over at !

And for more Star Trek fan-love, check out the Oh No They Didn’t Spin-off devoted entirely to Star Trek fans, fan encounters, news, gossip, fanfiction and fanart, crafts and anything else you can imagine coming out of the community. It’s called ONTD Star Trek and it’s mostly based around the original series and the 2009 film, but anything is welcome! Click the pic below to take a look and, if you’ve got a Livejournal, join in the fun!

Star Trek (the 2009 film) Figures!

From the New York Times
Geeks Gone Wild: Spock’s Surprise Appearance at ‘Star Trek’ Screening
By Mekado Murphy

A group of Trekkers in Austin on Monday had a long, prosperous night to remember at the surprise world premiere of Paramount’s new “Star Trek” film.

Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, long a destination spot for fanboys and home to the annual Fantastic Fest, had planned for a public screening of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” which was introduced by Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News, as well as Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the screenwriters of the new “Trek” film, and its producer, Damon Lindelof. But as the opening credits rolled on “Khan,” scratches appeared on the print, it became warped and seemingly burned up in the projector, according to a report from the Drafthouse blog.

The lights came back up, and Tim League, a founder of the cinema, told the crowd he would go try to fix the print himself. Then an unannounced guest — Leonard Nimoy himself — came to the stage with a print of the new “Star Trek” film to play instead, three hours before what was to be the film’s official premiere in Australia.

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For those not lucky enough to be in attendance, the wait seems too long–especially for any true Trekkies or Trekkers (there’s a difference!). But until the film arrives in theatres for the rest of us, you can get started on your Trek toy collection (or expand your existing one!) with pre-orders of the upcoming Star Trek Movie action figures…